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ANZ Staff Help Kadavu Recover From Tropical Cyclone Keni

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) yesterday announced a $20,000 donation to help Fijians in Kadavu rebuild their lives after Tropical Cyclone Keni, which destroyed over 800 homes on
28 Apr 2018 10:00
ANZ Staff Help Kadavu Recover From Tropical Cyclone Keni
Republic of Fiji Military Forces officers help in the clean-up after TC Keni in Kadavu. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) yesterday announced a $20,000 donation to help Fijians in Kadavu rebuild their lives after Tropical Cyclone Keni, which destroyed over 800 homes on the island.

The donation is a combined effort from the ANZ staff foundation and ANZ.

The ANZ staff foundation is a charitable trust funded by staff donations, which is matched dollar-for-dollar by the bank.

ANZ Fiji country head, Saud Minam said: “Like everyone, our team in Fiji was moved by the stories in the news and on social media of people in Kadavu in the urgent need of food and water.

“Our staff are very passionate about making a difference in their communities. One of the staff foundation’s objectives is to provide relief for the distress caused by disasters affecting the community.

“In addition to this donation, we plan to mobilise ANZ volunteers to provide on-the-ground help in Kadavu.

“Our immediate focus is on supporting families through starter kits that include first aid supplies, cleaning products and basic food items.

“We are also on standby to provide other materials to schools and homes,” Mr Minam said.

Chair of the ANZ staff foundation and ANZ Fiji’s head of operational risk and compliance, Pauline Kostatino said, the staff foundation is a great way for staff to make a difference in local communities.

“We’re proud that the staff foundation has donated more than $500,000 over the past 12 years.

The best thing is that 100 per cent of the funds goes to worthy projects,” Ms Kostatino said.

 

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